Garry Trudeau Deconstructs the “Perfect” Doonesbury Comic Strip

“In response to the Beinecke Library’s invitation to describe the work he is currently pursuing, Garry Trudeau—cartoonist, writer, and creator of ‘Doonesbury’—described the challenges of creating a ‘Complete Digital Doonesbury’ featuring some 15,000 comic strips in honor of the 50th anniversary of the beloved strip. In the process, Garry’s editor David Stanford identified what he called a ‘perfect strip’ published in 2009 [emphasis added].

So Garry doesn’t think it is a “perfect strip” but he does go into detail about it.

“Here, Garry ‘deconstructs’ this piece, walking us through its creation, frame by frame. Garry shares details of his broader creative practice, thoughts about writing comedy, and the development of his unique and groundbreaking approach to the comic strip format”

It is a fascinating look at a creator describing his own work:

The 12 minute video comes via the Beinecke Library at Yale (naturally).
The video begins with Garry discussing The Complete Digital Doonesbury
which will be released this Fall near the occasion of the comic strip’s 50th anniversary.

hat tip: Mike Lynch

Oh, and Happy Birthday Garry!